Micrometers to Meters Conversion

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1 µm = 1.0E-6 m
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How to Convert Micrometers to Meters

Tape measures can be used to measure units of length, and a calculator can be used to convert to another unit

To convert a micrometer measurement to a meter measurement, divide the length by the conversion ratio. One meter is equal to 1,000,000 micrometers, so use this simple formula to convert:

meters = micrometers ÷ 1,000,000

The length in meters is equal to the micrometers divided by 1,000,000.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000,000 micrometers to meters using the formula above.
5,000,000 µm = (5,000,000 ÷ 1,000,000) = 5 m

Micrometers and meters are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Micrometers

One micrometer is equal to one-millionth (1/1,000,000) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.

The micrometer, or micrometre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "micro" is the prefix for 10-6. A micrometer is sometimes also referred to as a micron. Micrometers can be abbreviated as µm; for example, 1 micrometer can be written as 1 µm.

To get an idea of the actual physical length of a micrometer, one human hair is 40-50 µm thick, demonstrating how small this unit of measure is.

Meters

The meter is defined as the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval with a duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second, according to the most recent 2019 definition.[1] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m; for example, 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.

Need a ruler? Try our free downloadable and printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Micrometer to Meter Conversion Table

Micrometer measurements converted to meters
Micrometers Meters
1 µm 0.000001 m
2 µm 0.000002 m
3 µm 0.000003 m
4 µm 0.000004 m
5 µm 0.000005 m
6 µm 0.000006 m
7 µm 0.000007 m
8 µm 0.000008 m
9 µm 0.000009 m
10 µm 0.00001 m
100 µm 0.0001 m
1,000 µm 0.001 m
10,000 µm 0.01 m
100,000 µm 0.1 m
1,000,000 µm 1 m

References

  1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si-brochure/SI-Brochure-9.pdf